Ictalurus punctatus

Ictalurus punctatus
Channel Catfish – Ictalurus punctatus

Ictalurus punctatus

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
IctaluridaeIctalurus punctatus(Rafinesque)1818Channel Catfish

Unique Characters: Deeply forked caudal fin. Anal fin margin rounded and with 25-28 rays. Typically black spots on the body.

Ictalurus punctatus anal and caudal fins
Ictalurus punctatus anal and caudal fins

Similar Species

Blue Catfish
Ictalurus furcatus

White Catfish
Ameiurus catus

Ictalurus furcatus anal and caudal fins
Ictalurus furcatus anal and caudal fins
Ameiurus catus anal and caudal fins
Ameiurus catus anal and caudal fins

Blue Catfish Ictalurus furcatus. Anal fin margin straight and with 30 or more rays. No spots on the body.

White Catfish Ameiurus catus. Moderately forked caudal fin. No spots on body.

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